I've had a lot of time to notice the objects in my home bookcase lately. The other day this mirror caught my eye. I made it in 1991 - it was the first time I ever touched a sawframe. I loved metals instantly, and was so lucky to be taught by master metalsmith Helen Shirk.
Looking back on this project now, I see how clever she was to design a project that had huge artistic potential. Students were prompted to design a mirror that reflected them - either current pursuits/personality, or future hopes/dreams goals. When I was 21, travel was always on my mind. I wanted to see those trees, you know like in the Serengeti. The copper was perfect to represent an old-timey leather suitcase. Still have never seen one of those trees in real life. It is a goal that feels farther away than ever these days, but that's no reason to stop dreaming.
Anyway, the whole project uses simple texture tools, no soldering. Very few tools needed really. I'm thinking this would be great to do online - I would have a full kit available for complete beginners, or just the materials for those who already have the basic tools. Those that register would get a handout with design ideas in advance of the first meeting. We would cover the basics, starting with sawing, but all with a focus of using a minimum of tools, and utilizing tools around the house too. I'm betting there are a lot of us out there right now spending time dreaming what we'll do, where we'll go, when life is back to normal again. But also we may be thinking deep thoughts about what makes us who we are, what is important to us. This project would be a great way to bring those thoughts to life, maybe to make a record of what life is like right now. So many possibilities, I'd love to see what people might make!
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.